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The Journal of American History

June 2017

Volume 104, No. 1

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Indigenous Peoples without the Republic

Would indigenous peoples have done better without the American Revolution?Gregory Evans Dowd challenges the thesis that the Revolution, by creating a settlers’ republic, imperiled American Indians more than had the British Empire. Examining North America on the eve of the revolution and the British settler colonies in Canada, Australia, Southern Africa, and New Zealand afterward, Dowd suggests that the American Republic, frequently ferocious though it was, was not exceptionally so. Native American nations, moreover, seized and still retain from American republicanism a concept of indigenous sovereignty largely unavailable in the other British settler colonies and their successor states. Indeed, by redirecting the British Empire northward and overseas, the Revolution endangered indigenous peoples abroad.

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Lies, Larceny, and the Christian Zulu Prince: An Examination of the Realm of the Reasonable in American Imaginings of Africa

Sara Jorgensen examines a late nineteenth-century con man who presented himself as a Christian Zulu prince raising funds to complete his education and help his people. His ability to move autonomously through the American landscape indicates acceptance of a degree of African agency that challenges conventional portrayals of African people playing only passive roles. By looking at the story of this imposter prince and at the African students who informed him, Jorgensen argues for a broader conceptualization of American understandings of Africa, and in particular for the contradictory position of members of the mission movement, who simultaneously authored and undermined claims of African otherness.

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What Ch'i-ho Knew:U.S.-Japan Relations and Imperial Race Making in Korea and the American South, 1904-1919

By following the transnational life of Yun Ch’i-ho Chris Suh uncovers the intimate interimperial relationship between the United States and Japan in the early twentieth century. This relationship produced a particular set of ideas about race that shaped American and Japanese identities as comparable peoples and that legitimated the colonial rule of Korea. These ideas were, surprisingly, shaped by stories of black-white relations in the American South, and they proved crucial to maintaining an imperial world order even as the United States began to project itself as an anticolonial power—a contradiction that Yun, a Korean colonial subject educated in the American South, was particularly well positioned to see.

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Beautiful Urbanism: Gender, Landscape, and Contestation in Latino Chicago's Age of Urban Renewal

Mike Amezcua enriches our understanding of the ways Latina and Latino Chicagoans contested and improvised their built environment as they faced an age of urban renewal displacement. From the 1940s to 1960s these residents drew on their cultural practices of urbanism as they customized aging ballrooms, theaters, storefronts, and tenements to beautify their redlined communities. Rather than choosing to be left in the rubble, Latino civic groups, merchants, and organizations facilitated their inclusion into the politics of planning, housing, and conservation. Amezcua concludes by raising questions about how this community, erased by urban renewal, is remembered and why its rich intersection of race, gender, and landscape use has been forgotten.

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De Terruno a Terruno: Reimagining Belonging through the Creation of Hometown Associations

Utilizing a transnational lens, Ana Raquel Minian explores the effect that Mexican migrants living in Los Angeles in the 1960s–1980s period had on their home communities in Mexico. Migrants formed clubs that took the role of an extraterritorial welfare state, and Minian examines how these organizations dealt with issues of gender, race, and class across national boundaries. Along with employing oral history interviews conducted by Minian, the article brings together cultural, social, political, and economic history by using unconventional sources, often stored in activists’ homes or in La Casa del Mexicano, a building in Los Angles where migrants congregated.

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Exhibition Reviews

Introduction, by Kathleen Franz, and Brian Horrigan

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, by Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Marcia Chatelain, and Joanne Melish

Book Reviews

June 2017, Vol. 104 No. 1

Alphabetical by the last name of the book's first author or editor.


Abbate, Recoding Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing, by Gregory J. Downey
Abu-Jamal, Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal, by Rebecca N. Hill
Adams, Black Women’s Christian Activism: Seeking Social Justice in a Northern Suburb, by Matthew Cressler
Ammon, Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape, by Greg Hise
Amsterdam, Roaring Metropolis: Businessmen's Campaign for a Civic Welfare State, by Monica Prasad

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Bassett, The Technological Indian, by Amy Bhatt
Bayor, ed., The Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity, by Hasia Diner
Bell, Empire, Religion and Revolution in Early Virginia, 1607-1786, by Robert M. Bliss
Bertram, The Workfare State: Public Assistance Politics from the New Deal to the New Democrats, by Alice Kessler-Harris
Blanton, ed., A Promising Problem: The New Chicana/o History, by Anthony Macias
Bothwell, Your Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and Canada, by Edward P. Kohn
Bowes, Land Too Good for Indians: Northern Indian Removal, by David Andrew Nichols
Bowman, Blood Oranges: Colonialism and Agriculture in the South Texas Borderlands, by Jim Norris
Breen, The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt, by Scot A. French
Buggeln, The Suburban Church: Modernism and Community in Postwar America, by Paul Eli Ivey
Burnard, Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, 1650–1820, by Ryan A. Quintana
Bégin, Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America's Food, by Harvey Levenstein

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Carr, Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels, by Keola Donaghy
Carter, Brother Bill: President Clinton and the Politics of Race and Class, by Charles P. Henry
Clune, Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War World, by Robbie Lieberman
Clymer, A Delicate Relationship: The United States and Burma/Myanmar since 1945, by Edmund Wehrle
Cohen, American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division, by Jeffrey Bloodworth
Cowan, A Nice Place to Visit: Tourism and Urban Revitalization in the Postwar Rustbelt, by Alicia Barber
Cox, Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution, by John G. McCurdy
Cronin, An Indispensable Liberty: The Fight for Free Speech in Nineteenth-Century America, by Mark A. Graber
Czitrom, New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal that Launched the Progressive Era, by Keith Revell

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Derr, et al., eds., The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, by David Golding
Dieterich-Ward, Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America, by John N. Ingham

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Eacott, Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, 1600-1830, by Vinay Lal
Edgington, Range Wars: The Environmental Contest for White Sands Missile Range, by Daniel Pope
Ehrenreich, Third Wave Capitalism: How Money, Power, and the Pursuit of Self-Interest Have Imperiled the American Dream, by Stephen P. Amberg
Elkind, Aid Under Fire: Nation Building and the Vietnam War, by Joseph Morgan
Erickson, Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits, by Jerry Gershenhorn

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Faber, Building the Land of Dreams: New Orleans and the Transformation of Early America, by Nathalie Dessens
Faragher, Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles, by Douglas Monroy
Fass, The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child, by Jessie Ramey
Fawaz, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics, by Jeffrey J. Kripal
Field, Horak and Stewart, eds., L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, by Aram Goudsouzian
Finley, et al., eds., The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North, by Erik S. Gellman
Flores, American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains, by Susan Nance
Ford, Bonds of Union: Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland, by Derek R. Everett
Forret, Slave Against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South, by Susan O'Donovan
Fraser, The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America, by Lily Geismer
Frisbee, Counterpunch: The Cultural Battles over Heavyweight Prizefighting in the American West, by Jeffrey T. Sammons

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Gabrial, The Press and Slavery in America, 1791–1859: The Melancholy Effect of Popular Excitement, by Katy L. Chiles
Gienow-Hecht, ed., Music and International History in the Twentieth Century, by Neal Rosendorf
Goff, Shantytown, USA: Forgotten Landscapes of the Working Poor, by David Wagner
Greene, No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta, by Evelyn Savidge Sterne
Grem, The Blessings of Business: How Corporations Shaped Conservative Christianity, by Alexis McCrossen
Guyatt, Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation, by Robert L. Tsai
Guzmán, Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism, by Brian D. Behnken

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Hale, The Jury in America: Triumph and Decline, by Nancy Marder
Haycox, Battleground Alaska: Fighting Federal Power in America's Last Wilderness, by Laura Watt
Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, by Ann Holder
Hoechst, Life in and against the Odds: Debts of Freedom and the Speculative Roots of U.S. Culture, by Vincent Lloyd
Horowitz, Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food, by Theresa McCulla
Hsu, A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure across the Pacific, by Madeline Hsu
Hudson, Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians, by Kendra Field
Hutchins, ed., Community without Consent: New Perspectives on the Stamp Act, by John L. Bullion

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Iber, Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America, by Avital Bloch

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Jacobs, Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s, by Robert Lifset
Jagodinsky, Legal Codes and Talking Trees: Indigenous Women’s Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854–1946, by Colleen O’Neill
Jarnow, Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America, by Nick Bromell
Jordan, Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910–1930, by Thomas Balcerski

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Karcher, A Refugee from His Race: Albion W. Tourgée and His Fight against White Supremacy, by Kathryn Warren
Kelley, The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare: A Journey into Captivity from Sierra Leone to South Carolina, by Frederick C. Knight
Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Matthew Jacobson
Kinchen, Black Power in the Bluff City: African American Youth and Student Activism in Memphis, 1965–1975, by Greta de Jong
Knott, Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow, by Lawrence P. Jackson
Kroncke, The Futility of Law and Development: China and the Dangers of Exporting American Law, by Martin Flaherty
Kubic, Freedom, Inc. and Black Political Empowerment, by Jeffrey Gonda

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Lender and Stone, Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, by William M. Ferraro
Leonard, Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era, by James W. Trent Jr.
Leuchtenburg, The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, by Kendrick A. Clements
Louden, Pennsylvania Dutch: The Story of an American Language, by Kathryn Burridge
Lucsko, Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust: Salvaging the Automotive Past, by David Blanke

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Macieski, Picturing Class: Lewis W. Hine Photographs Child Labor in New England, by Richard S. Street
Mahnken, Maiolo and Stevenson, eds., Arms Races in International Politics: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century, by Sheldon Ungar
Manuel, Taconite Dreams: The Struggle to Sustain Mining on Minnesota’s Iron Range, 1915–2000, by Sean Patrick Adams
Mart, Pesticides, A Love Story: America's Enduring Embrace of Dangerous Chemicals, by Christine Keiner
McBee, Born to Be Wild: The Rise of the American Motorcyclist, by Scot M. Guenter
McGrath, Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia, by Kathleen M. Brown
McKenzie-Jones, Clyde Warrior: Tradition, Community, and Red Power, by Nicholas Rosenthal
Means, 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence, by Thomas M. Grace
Mendoza, Metroimperial Intimacies: Fantasy, Racial-Sexual Governance, and the Philippines in U.S. Imperialism, 1899–1913, by Genevieve Clutario
Miller, Precarious Paths to Freedom: The United States, Venezuela, and the Latin American Cold War, by Bevan Sewell
Milroy, The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682–1876, by Domenic Vitiello
Mitchell, Spirituality and the State: Managing Nature and Experience in America's National Parks, by Alfred Runte
Moyer, Ancestors of Worthy Life: Plantation Slavery and Black Heritage at Mount Clare, by Lee Baldwin Dalzell

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Nash, Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains, by Martin Crawford
Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, by Susan Southard
Norrgard, Seasons of Change: Labor, Treaty Rights, and Ojibwe Nationhood, by Michael D. McNally
Nuys, Varmints and Victims: Predator Control in the American West, by Robin Doughty

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Oharazeki, Japanese Prostitutes in the North American West, 1887–1920, by Karen M. Inouye
Oyen, The Diplomacy of Migration: Transnational Lives and the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War, by Cindy Cheng
O’Gorman, The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America from the Kennedy Assassination to September 11, by Simon Stow

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Paik, Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II, by Natsu Taylor Saito
Parks Pieper, Sex Testing: Gender Policing in Women's Sports, by Kimberly Hamlin
Parsons, Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction, by Bruce Eric Stewart
Pedersen, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, by Elizabeth Borgwardt
Petrus and Cohen, Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival, by Ulrich Adelt
Petty, Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood, by Gerald R. Butters Jr.
Phillips, The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border, by Patrick A. Lewis

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Rao, National Duties: Custom Houses and the Making of the American State, by Jeffrey P. Brown
Reeve, Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, by Alan Scot Willis
Reid, The Brazen Age: New York City and the American Empire; Politics, Art, and Bohemia, by Alan Wald
Remes, Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era, by Andrew Horowitz
Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, by Greg O’Brien
Rider, Cold War Games: Propaganda, the Olympics, and U.S. Foreign Policy, by Thomas Zeiler
Roberts and Foulcher, eds., Indonesian Notebook: A Sourcebook on Richard Wright and the Bandung Conference, by Jason Parker
Romney, Rights Delayed: The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions, 1935–1950, by Joseph McCartin
Rose, The Struggle for Black Freedom in Miami: Civil Rights and America’s Tourist Paradise, 1896–1968, by James C. Clark

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Scheiber and Scheiber, Bayonets in Paradise: Martial Law in Hawai‘i during World War II, by Eileen H. Tamura
Schlosser, Cold War on the Airwaves: The Radio Propaganda War against East Germany, by Thomas W. Maulucci Jr.
Shabazz, Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago, by Robert T. Chase
Shadle, Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise, by Laura Moore Pruett
Shapiro, John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life, by Kristina Wilson
Shkuda, The Lofts of SoHo: Gentrification, Art, and Industry in New York, 1950-1980, by Matthew Gordon Lasner
Sifuentez, Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest, by Frank Barajas
Snyder, The Power to Die: Slavery and Suicide in British North America, by Edward Baptist
Sparks, Africans in the Old South: Mapping Exceptional Lives across the Atlantic World, by Simon Newman
Stack Jr., The Arthurdale Community School: Education and Reform in Depression Era Appalachia, by Mary S. Hoffschwelle
Sugrue and Gilmore, These United States: A Nation in the Making, 1890 to the Present, by Eric Arnesen
Sutto, Loyal Protestants and Dangerous Papists: Maryland and the Politics of Religion in the English Atlantic, 1630–1690, by Rankin Sherling

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Thornton, Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life, by Thomas S. Wermuth
Tillman, Dollar Diplomacy by Force Nation-Building and Resistance in the Dominican Republic, by Michael E. Neagle
Tomlin, Murrow's Cold War: Public Diplomacy for the Kennedy Administration, by Matthew C. Ehrlich
Troutman, Kīkā Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music, by Ricardo Trimillos

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Visser-Maessen, Robert Parris Moses: A Life in Civil Rights and Leadership at the Grassroots, by Gregg L. Michel

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Walloch, The Antivaccine Heresy: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and the Troubled History of Compulsory Vaccination in the United States, by Elena Conis
Weems, Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the Midwest, by Tom D. Crouch
White, Memorializing Pearl Harbor: Unfinished Histories and the Work of Remembrance, by John Bodnar
Wierzbicki, Music in the Age of Anxiety: American Music in the Fifties, by Matthew D. Tribbe
Wigginton, In the Neighborhood: Women's Publication in Early America, by Mary Kelley
Williams, Religion, Art, and Money: Episcopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression, by David Hein
Willmetts, In Secrecy's Shadow: The OSS and CIA in Hollywood Cinema, 1941–1979, by Jonathan Schoenwald
Woods, Prisoners of Hope: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society, and the Limits of Liberalism, by Mark Krasovic
Woodsworth, Battle for Bed-Stuy: The Long War on Poverty in New York City, by Guian A. McKee

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Zeisler, We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement, by Hilary Radner
Zelizer, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society, by Andrew J. F. Morris
Zipf, Bad Girls at Samarcand: Sexuality and Sterilization in a Southern Juvenile Reformatory, by Jen Manion
Zug, Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches, by Kristin Celello

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Movie Reviews

All the Way, by Stephen J. Whitfield

Bonnie and Clyde, by David E. Ruth

The Boys of '36, by James Deutsch

Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc Tony Vaccaro, by Susan Carruthers

Patriots Day, by Stephen Prince

Jackie Robinson, by Daniel Nathan

Hacksaw Ridge, by Richard B. Frank

Jackie, by Karen Dunak

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, by Kyle Stevens

The Birth of a Nation, by Patrick Breen

Digital History Reviews

Navigating the Green Book and The Negro Travelers' Green Book Interactive Map, by Erin Devlin

Goin' North, by Sarah Judson

Influenza Encyclopedia: The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918–1919, by Mark Honigsbaum

Digital Transgender Archive, by Anne Finn Enke

U.S. News Map, by Jason Heppler

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